Beds of grass at Banc d’Arguin, Mauritania: Ecosystem infrastructures underlying avian richness along the East Atlantic Flyway

El-Hacen Mohamed El-Hacen*

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I (i) first assess seagrass dynamic history using long-term Landsat imagery and compare benthic community structure (biomass, species composition) and secondary productivity (P/B) between historical (1986) and recent (2014) large-scale benthic surveys; (ii) study the effect of hydrodynamic on seagrass stability, morphology, nutrient-content, and its response to nutrient overload; (iii) assess the recovery potential of seagrass after disturbance along an intertidal elevation gradient and identify the main environmental factors affecting the recovery rate; (iv) investigate the underlying mechanisms driving the functioning of the mosaics of Banc d’Arguin; and (v) study waterbird populations dynamics over the last four decades in Banc d’Arguin and discuss possible drivers of changes.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Groningen
  • Olff, Han, Supervisor
  • Piersma, Theunis, Co-supervisor
  • Bouma, Tjeerd, Co-supervisor
  • Yaa, N-B., Assessment committee, External person
  • Koppel ,van de, Johan, Assessment committee
  • Sutherland, W., Assessment committee, External person
Award date11-Jan-2019
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Print ISBNs978-94-034-1373-0
Electronic ISBNs978-94-034-1372-3
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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